Hello and welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. I’ve seen lots of people taking part in this tag this week, and I’ve been looking forward to writing my own! I’ve loved all the posts I’ve seen, and it’s been really interesting! This week’s topic is:
Unpopular Bookish Opinions
- I don’t like USYA contemporaries. Growing up in England and being very British means that I just don’t relate to the characters or the stories and am not a fan at all. That’s not to say that they’re all bad; they just don’t appeal to me! Off the top of my head, the only exception I can think of is Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds.
- I don’t like “literary fiction”. When I first became a bookseller, I encountered a lot of snobbery when I said that I don’t enjoy reading classics and love children’s books…they’re just not for me! There are literally a handful that I’ve loved and they’ve all been fairly short or are very modern for their times.
- I can’t stand Julia Donaldson. This may not be such an unpopular opinion among people who don’t have children and who have either a. read her books or b. met her. I’ve heard so many bad stories of how vile she is to booksellers and readers! Add to that her books have next to no morals, don’t flow very well and are long-winded and dull…I just don’t like them!
- UK paperbacks > US paperbacks. I don’t like floppy books!
- I don’t think that proofs should be sent out unsolicited to booksellers or bloggers. I saw so many books get sent out to booksellers when I used to work in a bookshop, and they had no intention of reading half of them! Admittedly, that’s in part due to time constraints, but also a lot of the time they’re of no interest to the bookseller. I think that people having to choose which ones they request adds accountability for reviewing and for reading.
- Let children read what they want to read. I see all too often people saying to their children that they need to read something for their age or something more challenging or a classic…yes, it’s great to read something out of your comfort zone, but don’t do that until you have an avid and confident reader on your hands! Whilst I don’t like some books like Wimpy Kid and Tom Gates, you can’t deny that children love to read them and at least they’re reading. Heck, I’m 25 and I still buy and read picture books for me!
- Shiny picture books are awful. Give me matte picture books any day!
- I don’t enjoy reading science fiction books. It’s just a genre I’ve never loved and I can’t get into it!
- I don’t agree with the whole insisting on diverse books and discriminating against what was in the past the “norm”. Please let me explain this one! I think it’s amazing that there are so many diverse books out there, but I don’t like how some people actively won’t read a book because the main character is a straight white female. Yes, in the past there has been the majority of books aimed at this audience, which was wrong, but we mustn’t forget that those readers do still exist and so it’s vital that everyone is represented and it doesn’t go the other way. I love diverse books where that’s not used as the main plot and where it’s just a matter of fact. Maybe that’s just me, because I’m a straight white female and I really don’t mind if someone is gay or a different race to me (why anyone would is beyond me!) and I don’t like how it’s become such a focus, when it should always be about good books that people love and not about who the author is in terms of race and sexuality. I really hope that this opinion makes sense!
- I don’t like Waterstones. If you’ve followed me for a while, you might know that I can’t stand this company and have been very badly treated by managers. I know I’m not the exception, and I feel so sad for anyone who posts that they would love to work there because I know firsthand how it’s not the company that us booklovers have grown up thinking it is!
Wow. That was such a fun yet nerve-wracking post to write…
It does feel good to get out all my bookish irritations out though! Please don’t hesitate to comment if anything doesn’t make sense or you want to discuss any!
What are your unpopular bookish opinions?